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Squid and Fog

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Blog, Commercial Fishing, Nature, Sport Fishing, Stories | 0 comments

Photos by Zach Harvey. Story by JP Lee Point Judith, R.I. — Sometimes on windless nights in May, when everything in the harbor is still, when there’s no boat traffic, no ferries backing in or out, no welders or grinders, no fishermen pulling heavy sweeps and chains across bulkheads, the squid—the loligo—will come into the shallows and lay in the...

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A fish that built a port.

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Commercial Fishing, Seafood | 3 comments

A butterfish on deck in a tote with ice, slushed down in sea water–it’s almost heaven. White flesh full of fat, the good sea fat not the potato chip kind. They’ve got beautiful silver bodies, flattened like a frisbee, tiny scales. And the fish are nearly spineless, except for a micro-spine at the base of the anal fin that can– if the...

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East of Block Island on the Tiger Joe.

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Commercial Fishing | 9 comments

Back in February, I made a trip on the Tiger Joe. We were looking for small herring for a niche market. Volume wasn’t our mission. The small herring are delicious lightly fried. Roll them in flour, a little salt and pepper. Then cook. Once done, the whole spinal column will lift right out of the fish and you’ll be left with two lovely boneless...

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Scalloping out of Point Judith, Rhode Island.

Posted by on Dec 9, 2010 in Commercial Fishing | 12 comments

It’s simple, on paper: tow the dredge and catch the scallops; remove scallops from shell; place scallops on ice in the hold; bring to dock; sell. Scalloping is brutal on the hands, wrists, and forearms. It is tendonitis on steroids. Most people can’t hack it. And there’s neck pain—these guys rarely look up from their scalloping cutting....

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